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What is the purpose of requiring a high school diploma for anything?

Asked by girlofscience (7537points) October 3rd, 2008

At least two of the people in my graduate program do not have high school diplomas. They have Bachelor’s degrees, but never graduated high school. And soon, they’ll have PhDs…but still no high school diploma.

There are tons of jobs whose only requirement is a “high school diploma.” What if, for some odd reason, these people wanted to take it easy after grad school and be a secretary for a year? If the job posting required a high school diploma, would they be denied even though they have a PhD?!

Also, why do applications for fast food places have such insane questions on the application? I once went to Wendy’s by myself without reading material and decided to read a copy of the app. The application requires the address of your elementary and middle school, as well as a complete list of all of the subjects you studied at these times. I am baffled by the relevance of a middle-school address in evaluating one’s ability to work at Wendy’s.

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